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‘Outreach’ or ‘real-life context work’? Four profiles of working in the real-life context of people.

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Introduction. Although ‘outreach’ is a central element of deinstitutionalization and an important methodology in the field of social work and addiction recovery, the concept itself lacks clarity. Different types of entering the real-life context of people with addiction problems pursue different objectives and provide different forms of support for individuals and communities: from needle exchange outreach programs over seeking contact with hard-to-reach drug users and providing support on the street to mobile outreach programs aiming at recovery and citizenship. In daily practice, this conceptual unclarity creates confusion in use of terminology and difficulties in delineation of tasks and responsibilities. Methods. An online survey on ‘real-life context work’ was set up in the fields of mental health, social work, nursery, addiction care, forensic work, … in Flanders (Belgium), focusing on the objectives and characteristics of the different practices (n=902). A Latent Class Analysis (LCA) was used to determine profiles of real-life context work. Results. The LCA resulted in a typology of 4 classes of ‘real-life context’ work. The first class ‘outreach’ (32%) shows high scores on working in public space, casefinding, participating in the daily life of clients and realizing fundamental rights. The second class ‘family work’ (25%) is mainly characterized by working with families, home visits and a focus on the development of the child, safety in the family and broadening the clients network. The third class ‘mobile work’ (22%) is characterized by working with individuals who are mainly professional referred, making home visits and has as main objective supporting independence and quality of life. The fourth class (20%) ‘inreach’ shows high scores on working in other organizations, working with individuals, self-referral and with a focus on social reintegration, employment and (mental) health. Conclusion. Starting from the continuum of care perspective, this study provides insights in which form of outreach is desirable in the different stages of recovery.
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outreach, typology, real-life context work

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Dewaele, Cis, et al. “Outreach” or “Real-Life Context Work”? Four Profiles of Working in the Real-Life Context of People. 2023.
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Dewaele, C., De Maeyer, J., Reynaert, D., de witte, nico, & Vanderplasschen, W. (2023). “Outreach” or “real-life context work”? Four profiles of working in the real-life context of people. Presented at the EWODOR, Dublin.
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Dewaele, Cis, Jessica De Maeyer, Didier Reynaert, nico de witte, and Wouter Vanderplasschen. 2023. “‘Outreach’ or ‘Real-Life Context Work’? Four Profiles of Working in the Real-Life Context of People.” In .
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Dewaele, Cis, Jessica De Maeyer, Didier Reynaert, nico de witte, and Wouter Vanderplasschen. 2023. “‘Outreach’ or ‘Real-Life Context Work’? Four Profiles of Working in the Real-Life Context of People.” In .
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Dewaele C, De Maeyer J, Reynaert D, de witte nico, Vanderplasschen W. “Outreach” or “real-life context work”? Four profiles of working in the real-life context of people. In 2023.
IEEE
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C. Dewaele, J. De Maeyer, D. Reynaert, nico de witte, and W. Vanderplasschen, “‘Outreach’ or ‘real-life context work’? Four profiles of working in the real-life context of people.,” presented at the EWODOR, Dublin, 2023.
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Methods. An online survey on ‘real-life context work’ was set up in the fields of mental health, social work, nursery, addiction care, forensic work, … in Flanders (Belgium), focusing on the objectives and characteristics of the different practices (n=902). A Latent Class Analysis (LCA) was used to determine profiles of real-life context work.
Results. The LCA resulted in a typology of 4 classes of ‘real-life context’ work. The first class ‘outreach’ (32%) shows high scores on working in public space, casefinding, participating in the daily life of clients and realizing fundamental rights. The second class ‘family work’ (25%) is mainly characterized by working with families, home visits and a focus on the development of the child, safety in the family and broadening the clients network. The third class ‘mobile work’ (22%) is characterized by working with individuals who are mainly professional referred, making home visits and has as main objective supporting independence and quality of life. The fourth class (20%) ‘inreach’ shows high scores on working in other organizations, working with individuals, self-referral and with a focus on social reintegration, employment and (mental) health.
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